Barefoot World Atlas

Common Sense Media says

Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.






What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids swipe their way around the globe, choosing to learn more about icons that catch their eye along the way. The information in the app is basic, but covers a wide variety of topics. The app is ultimately a very intuitive one.  

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Expansion packs are $1.99 each via in-app purchase.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One entry teaches about winemaking and features an image of several bottles of wine (along with the sound of a bottle being opened and poured). 

Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Barefoot World Atlas is an educational app that gives children an interactive look at animals, indigenous people, and other topics of interest around the world. By spinning, pinching, and zooming, kids can find something that interests them and learn more about it through descriptions and photos. Among those is winemaking, although the app does not promote drinking. 

What kids can learn



  • geology
  • plants
  • animals

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • geography
  • global awareness



  • personal growth
  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support


With beautiful graphics, photos, high-quality narration, and fun facts, this reference app easily draws kids into learning. It puts kids in charge of their learning.

Learning Approach

By browsing the world, kids glean a sense of national and regional identities as well as their own global context. Tapping an icon triggers a brief description, audio narration, or, often, a photo.


Most of the educational material is narrated, so even younger kids can use Barefoot World Atlas. You can't keep track of where you've been, but you can bookmark your favorites.

What kids can learn



  • geology
  • plants
  • animals

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • geography
  • global awareness



  • personal growth
  • academic development

Kids can learn about the world around them, with a focus on more than 100 topics ranging from animals to science to hobbies (like surfing). Each comes with a brief description and, often, a photo. What's just as interesting, though, is the real-time and non-traditional information shown about all major countries (such as the current exchange rate and average CO2 emissions). Rather than inundating kids with dry information, Barefoot World Atlas makes learning about the world exciting and relevant to their lives. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Children explore the globe by spinning and pinching to zoom in on objects of interest. By touching icons, they're able to access short descriptions, which they can read themselves or have read to them by BBC presenter Nick Crane. Most objects also include photos. Selecting country flags will show current conditions in that country, including time, distance (if you enable location-finding), and current weather. Barefoot World Atlas also has a sizable soundtrack that changes to appropriate music as you focus on different parts of the world.

Is it any good?


Barefoot World Atlas makes learning fun, with a thorough selection of interesting objects and real-time information that's applicable to the real world instead of a dry factoid (such as current weather and time, along with carbon footprints, of capital cities). The music is a nice background and the calm narration by BBC presenter Nick Crane is well done. 

One annoyance: Some of the objects don't seem like they're in the logical place on the globe. Still, that's a minor annoyance. Curious kids will enjoy Barefoot World Atlas

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage further research on items of interest at the local library or cultural fairs.

  • Track the weather or currency rate in another country, to show how things change in other lands.

  • Try out some of the activities shown, or visit the local zoo to see the animals the app discusses.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 15, 2012
Size:1597.44 MB
Publisher:Touch Press
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Educator and Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byKelly Morrison July 15, 2013

Fun, colorful atlas gives younger kids a starting point for understanding geography

My five year old loves this atlas app--it's interactive, colorful, easy to use, and has voiceover on all the text so he can use it without help. It is by no means a "complete" atlas, but I think it's a great starter app, if you will, for younger kids to give them a sense of place in the world and fun (at times random) facts about different regions.


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